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 Those Who Must Be Kept - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Originally King Enkil and Queen Akasha of Kemet (now Egypt) circa 4000 BCE, they became the first vampires when an evil spirit named Amel was able to enter the body of Akasha through a wound and fuse with her flesh.
In so rising she killed her consort Enkil, draining him of blood and caused her guardian Marius to become imprisoned in the ice and remains of his house.
Amel's deadly lust for human blood thus passed to Akasha.
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 The Vampire Chronicles - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Very old vampires or ones who have been made or strengthened by feeding on blood that is close to the root of the vampiric mother may have additional gifts like the ability to move matter with the mind (Mind Gift) and the ability to set things ablaze by the force of will (Fire Gift).
In particular, vampires who are in love (e.g., Marius and Pandora) exchange their blood in a manner that suggests sexual intercourse.
With the taking of the blood, it is also possible for the vampire to learn about the lives of their victims; a kind of instant life review, the vampire can experience the key parts of the victim's life.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/The_Vampire_Chronicles   (1246 words)

On Oct. 31, 2003, three years short of her first novel’s thirtieth anniversary, Alfred A. Knopf was poised to release Anne Rice’s twenty-fifth novel, Blood Canticle, a tale that unites the Vampire Chronicles and the Mayfair Witches series…a volume that Rice intends to serve as the capstone for both sagas.
Blood Canticle restores the Vampire Lestat to the role of narrator.
Blood Canticle continues Lestat’s quest for knowledge and redemption, opening with the simple declaration: "I want to be a saint." The novel’s epigraph is drawn from Ecclesiastes (11:9).
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 Barnes & Noble.com - Blood and Gold - Anne Rice - Hardcover
Blood and Gold continues Rice's Vampire Chronicles by taking up the tale of Marius, who was for centuries the guardian of Those Who Must Be Kept, and whose duty to the King and Queen of the Vampires caused him much pain, loss, and suffering.
Blood and Gold follows his lonely life through the ages, sweeping from Imperial Rome to Constantinople to Venice during the Renaissance (Botticelli makes a brief cameo appearance) to the present day.
Blood and Gold is one of Rice's finest achievements and has the added benefit of standing completely on its own for new readers.
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 Random House : Book extract from Blood Canticle
With glazed eyes she looked up at me. The blood was on her lips, just a touch, and all her pain was gone, and the moment had come, the moment of peace from pain, peace from struggle, peace from fear.
To the very roots of her long red hair the Blood had penetrated, and it was full and shining, and her face was oval with plumped and smiling cheeks and lips, and her eyes clear of all fever, those fathomless green eyes.
Oh, she was dazed by the Blood vision, of course, and above all by the vampiric power that pervaded the cells of her entire frame.
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 Blood Canticle -- Recommendations and Resources   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-25)
''Blood Canticle'' is a novel by Anne Rice in which she combines the new characters from her previous novel ''Blackwood Farm'' with those from her previous novels in ''The Vampire Chronicles'' and ''The Lives Mayfair Witches Trilogy''.
Lestat's blood is quite powerful — second only to the queen and mother of the vampires and perhaps the children of the millennia.
A canticle is a hymn (strictly excluding the Psalms) taken from the Bible.
www.becomingapediatrician.com /health/17/blood-canticle.html   (1200 words)

 Readers speak -- Anne Rice bites back
Many people did not care much for "Blood Canticle" either, as Rice found to her mounting horror when she began scrolling through dozens of virulently negative reviews of the book on Amazon.com.
She reacted to the criticism with shock and horror, although when the positive and negative reviews were averaged, Amazon gave "Blood Canticle" three stars out of five.
Nor was she thrilled by the suggestion that "Blood Canticle" might have benefited from some tough love.
www.sfgate.com /cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2004/10/11/DDGB596VTQ1.DTL&type=printable   (312 words)

 Barnes & Noble.com - Blood Canticle - Anne Rice - Mass Market Paperback
Q: In Blood Canticle, you again merge the storylines of the Vampire Chronicles and the Lives of the Mayfair Witches, and vampire bad-boy Lestat meets and is deeply attracted to Rowan Mayfair.
It resonates with the early sacrificial altars of humankind and the chants of those who surrounded the altars as the victims were slaughtered, the blood was burnt, and the smoke went up to heaven.
Fiery, fierce, and erotic, Blood Canticle marks the triumphant culmination of Anne Rice’s bestselling Vampire Chronicles, as Lestat tells his astounding tale of the pleasures and tortures that lie between death’s shadow and immortality.
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 Vampire Chronicles Laid To Rest - CBS News
After 30 years of probing the dark side of the supernatural, Rice is "weary of the constraints of the metaphor." And "Blood Canticle," she says, is "sort of about the repudiation of the form."
Rice says that when she began "Blood Canticle" (a hymn or song of praise), she knew the book would be the last of what have become known as the Vampire Chronicles.
The decision had nothing to do with the death of her husband of 41 years, who designed the round koi pond centered in a rectangular flagstone terrace outside the glassed-in porch, and whose vivid oil paintings are the only art hung on the 14-foot-high walls of the mansion they shared.
www.cbsnews.com /stories/2004/01/05/print/main591479.shtml   (1580 words)

 Blood Canticle   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-25)
Here is the inimitable voice - mocking and seductive, cool but full of passion - that wooed millions of readers, as the Vampire Lestat takes up once more the thrilling story of his own struggle between the lust for blood and the quest for love, between gratification and redemption.
Now he fights to save Patsy's ghost from the dark realm of the Earthbound, to uncover the mystery of the Taltos in their tropical island hideaway, and to decide the fate of Rowan Mayfair.
Anne Rice continues her astonishing Vampire Chronicles with the story of Lestat's passionate quest for redemption, goodness and the love of Rowan Mayfair.
www.pepperpot-productions.com /theatredesvampires/html/canticle.html   (388 words)

 Anne Rice: Life after vampires - BOOKS - MSNBC.com
Bill Haber / AP Writer Anne Rice says her new book, "Blood Canticle," will be the last in her series about vampires and witches.
“Blood Canticle” is the latest and last of her books about vampires and witches.
A few months after finishing “Blood Canticle,” Rice began another transformation — one of her own body.
www.msnbc.msn.com /id/3832024   (1596 words)

 Fictionwise eBooks: Blood and Gold by Anne Rice
Blood Canticle: The Vampire Chronicles [Secure Mobipocket/Microsoft Reader/Palm Reader] by Anne Rice
Varney, the Vampire, or, The Feast of Blood [MultiFormat] by Thomas Preskett Prest
Once a proud Senator in Imperial Rome, kidnapped and made a "blood god" by the Druids, Marius becomes the embittered protector of Akasha and Enkil, Queen and King of the vampires, in whom the core of the supernatural race resides.
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 AnneRice.Com: Thoughts on Blood Canticle
And Blood Canticle radically departs from the massive family epic of Blackwood Farm to go into the first person style of a song from Lestat that is similar perhaps to Tale of Body Thief.
As Blood Canticle opens, Lestat knows he does not have what it takes to redeem himself, and he dreams "I want to be a saint" allowing all his moral longings to take the form of pure fantasy.
He conceptualizes his sainthood perfectly in tune with the times, reflecting his old and persistent concern for relevence and visibility, but the fantasy cracks as it inevitably must and he awakens to what he really is: our fallen hero.
www.annerice.com /sh_Blood2.htm   (1027 words)

 Blood Canticle (The Vampire Chronicles) - Reviewed by Kevin McGowin - Eclectica Magazine v8n1
And second, that with Blood Canticle, her twenty-fifth novel (supposedly completed some two months before his death), she's brought the hugely successful Vampire Chronicles to its end—and presumably the Lives of the Mayfair Witches and their nemesis, the Taltos, too, for since 2002's Blackwood Farm, which some readers considered a return to form for Ms.
And while I don't "do" spoilers, I'll tell you that all or most of the major characters are here, packed into this small book that nevertheless gives the illusion of being longer than it actually is, a talent or a trick very few writers master, though the obverse can be common in "popular" fiction.
And in Blood Canticle, these characters say and do things every other page seemingly at odds with the intricate characterizations Rice has built up around them.
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 Amazon.com: Books: Blood Canticle (The Vampire Chronicles)
'Blood Canticle' is by far the fastest-reading one of the Vampire Chronicles.
I liked him in 'Blackwood Farm' (and yes, I liked 'Blackwood Farm'!) but in 'Blood Canticle' he's rather reduced to a vehicle for shushing and comforting distraught females.
Everyone's entitled to their opinion and that's why this is a great website, but to be so destructive in attacking Anne Rice only deters people who have never read any of her books, and now never might.
www.katgyrl.com /mirrors/amazon/anne_rice_reviews.htm   (3891 words)

 Book Reviews - Blood Canticle by Anne Rice
In Blood Canticle, Anne Rice's 16th book in the Vampire Chroncles series, Lestat is back and he wants to be a saint.
He will only suck the blood from evil people, and wants to do good in the world.
Blood Canticle completes the coupling of the vampires with the Mayfair witches and brings about the meeting between Rowan and Lestat.
www.reviewsofbooks.com /blood_canticle   (232 words)

 AnneRice.Com: Thoughts on Blood Canticle   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-25)
Now that Blood Canticle has been out some time, I think it's safe for me to make a few comments on the book for those of you who might want the author's point of view on it.
And Blood Canticle comes after the sprawling and dense Blackwood Farm with a personal song from Lestat.
In another message I'll have more to say about the overall theme of redemption in Blood Canticle and in the Vampire Chronicles.
www.annerice.com /sh_Blood1.htm   (275 words)

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Nor was she thrilled by the suggestion - often made by people who adored earlier books in the series but said they felt that the quality had deteriorated - that "Blood Canticle" might have benefited from some tough love.
Hensley said, "Blood Canticle" had sold 20 percent more copies than Ms.
Rice said that her work was headed in a new direction and that "Blood Canticle'' was definitely the end of the vampire series.
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 Amazon.com: Blood Canticle (The Vampire Chronicles): Books: Anne Rice   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-25)
Blood Canticle's biggest problem, however, is that it is seriously lacking in creative writing, sense of continuity, and character development.
In Blood Canticle, Lestat is not only incapable of sending a simple email, but doesn't know what one is and is amazed at what a computer can do!
Lestat's blood is quite powerful -- matching that of the eldest vampires.
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 AnneRice.Com: Blood Canticle
He struggles with his vampirism and yearns for goodness, purity and love, as he saves Patsy’s ghost from the dark realm of the Earthbound, uncovers the mystery of the Taltos and unselfishly decides the fate of his beloved Rowan Mayfair.
A story of love and loyalty, of the search for passion and promise, Blood Canticle is Anne Rice at her finest.
May not be reproduced in whole or in part without express written permission.
www.annerice.com /bs_b_BloodCanticle.htm   (134 words)

 Blood Canticle by Anne Rice
Now, Lestat fights to save Patsy's ghost from the dark realms of the Earthbound, to uncover the mystery of the Taltos and to decide the fate of Rowan Mayfair.
Both of Anne Rice's irresistible realms - the worlds of Blackwood Farm and the Mayfair Witches - collide as Lestat struggles between his lust for blood and the quest for life, between gratification and redemption.
Anne Rice was born in New Orleans in 1941, the second daughter in an Irish Catholic family.
www.lovereading.co.uk /book/15   (256 words)

 Books : Blood Canticle (The Vampire Chronicles)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-25)
Anne Rice continues her astonishing Vampire Chronicles in a new novel that begins where Blackwood Farm left off -- and tells the story of Lestat's quest for redemption, goodness, and the love of Rowan Mayfair.
There are the vampires(Lestat,Marius,Armand etc) and there are the witches(Rowan,mona,suzanne etc)...Now Anne Rice brings the main characters(Lestat,Rowan,Mona) of each of the series together to give you the best of all.This is really a good way to finish the series...Here is the plot..
Set in New Orleans, Blood Canticle is narrated by Lestat.
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 eBooks.com - Blood Canticle: The Vampire Chronicles eBook
Where was Lestat the insatiable blood thief and soul smasher, Lestat the vengeful, Lestat the sly, Lestat the.
I’d drink your blood if I could and hook you into every memory inside me, every heartbreak, frame of reference, temporary triumph, petty defeat, mystic moment of surrender.
I should be out murdering a bad guy, lapping his blood as if he was a Popsicle.
www.ebooks.com /cj.asp?IID=193127   (2180 words)

 Direct Textbooks Price Comparison for ISBN 1587245833: Blood Canticle: The Vampire Chronicles (Wheeler Large Print Book ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-25)
He does this largely to satisfy Quinn, who could not bear to see Mona as she was.(This happens at the beginning of the story,continuing from where the previous novel left off) When trying to prevent Mona's family from discovering her transformation, Lestat unwillingly falls in love with Rowan Mayfair.
Now her renewed vigor and her anger about her situation with Rowan and their shared secret of the Taltos causes her to lash out verbally at Rowan and Rowan's husband Michael(Michael Curry,for the mayfair series).
Sometime betwixt the reading of Merrick and the release of Blood and Gold, I tore through the lives of the Mayfair Witches...
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 Fictionwise eBooks: Blood Canticle: The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice
Blood and Gold [Secure Mobipocket/Microsoft Reader/Palm Reader] by Anne Rice
Only two things are my enemy: daylight, because it renders me completely lifeless and vulnerable to the burning rays of the sun, and conscience.
Where was Lestat the insatiable blood thief and soul smasher, Lestat the...
www.fictionwise.com /ebooks/eBook17961.htm   (749 words)

 Amazon.ca: Blood Canticle: Books   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-25)
With Lestat as the narrator "Blood Canticle" begins where "Blackwood Farm" concluded.
The wicked one whom we all came to love is now, would you believe, a seeker of good - not just good but he aims for sainthood.
Rice seems to have had a fine time imagining "Blood Canticle," sparked by a kidnaping, rife with romance and adventure.
www.amazon.ca /exec/obidos/ASIN/0739306316   (1152 words)

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